Who could have known, 3 years ago when Northwood began focusing intentionally on becoming a multi-ethnic church that we would be facing the challenges we are today in DFW and our nation? God knew and he has been preparing us for such a moment as this.
Last night, as we all know there was a protest of all races and religions downtown Dallas to speak out for African American lives lost unnecessarily. By all accounts it was peaceful. Pictures were even taken of smiling black and white policemen standing with protesters in support. As the event was ending, snipers deliberately targeted and opened fire on policemen. As the crowd ran from the area where the shots rang out, the courageous Dallas policemen went towards the active rifle shots to protect the protesters. The aftermath saw 12 officers and 2 civilians shot leaving 5 policemen dead. Our hearts are broken over this. I sat up and wept watching on television the reports until late in the night. Read more
How should we engage this world that has lost its moorings? We have departed from the shores of absolute truth and find ourselves in the storms of relativism. These conditions have been at work for decades as absolute truth has been dismantled piece by piece and replaced with what seems right in everyone eyes. We are moving headlong into this squall of chaos and upheaval. What’s the answer? Is it hunkering down within our religious conclaves called church buildings and organizations? Is it sharpening our theological swords to fend off the enemies of truth? Is it to regain political power so as to make America great again? What did Jesus do in the midst of storms.
He slept in the storm. I heard a friend of mine say once “You will never have authority over a storm you can’t sleep in”
We need to stop running around scared and desperate for some quick fix solution. If we believe in the sovereignty of God and are called to be ambassadors of His kingdom, then we need to represent it though a spirit of calmness and self-control. Solomon said that the words of the wise are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that rule among fools.
He spoke with authority over the situation. God has given us spiritual authority to speak calmness into storms. Most Christians stir up more storms that they do calming them. The key is to speak truth in love; not truth with love which is selective. When we speak truth in love; love will always be the first thing people encounter before truth. They will bump into your love before your truth is heard. Let your words be life giving and not death and condemnation.
He spoke harshly to the disciples first. He questioned their faith. Judgment begins in the house of God. We must take a good look inside our temples both physical and spiritual and judge ourselves. Maybe our nation finds itself in this perfect storm because the light of world has been hidden and only used within our lighted cathedrals. Light is for darkness. Let’s stop cursing the darkness and start turning our lights on. Maybe we lost our saltiness when we decided to compromise God’s dream for this world for our American dream of luxury and convenience. Maybe we have been serving Mammon and not God.